London: Ivor Nicholson & Watson, 1936. First edition. Finely bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in full crushed red morocco, with five raised bands and gilt borders to spine and boards. Yellow silk-moire end papers. Morocco doublures. Set into the front and rear doublures are fine circular portraits of a Maharaja and Raja respectively under glass. All edges gilt. Stamped by Sangorski and Sutcliffe on the front turn-in. Initials of Ohio collector B. C. Hoffman on foot of the spine. A chip to the leather at the foot of the spine near the front joint; a bit of light rubbing to the front board. In all a lovely copy, illustrated with plates and maps throughout, and complete with folding map of India to rear.
"A history of India is equivalent in range to the history of Europe," Dunbar acknowledges in his preface, admitting "it is clearly impossible to compress the history of India into a single volume and deal adequately with every period." That said, he makes a progressive move, attempting to "compile a History of India from the standpoint of the governed rather than the many rulers of the country." A colonial officer and historian, Dunbar had firsthand experience in India, and a deep interest in the nation's evolving culture. Across over 600 pages, his tome traces the earliest periods on the country's political and religious development, documenting how people experienced cultural shifts due to frequently jarring and violent changes in leadership across centuries; and he includes, at the end, an account of British imperialism. A rich and detailed history, finely bound and richly illustrated. Near Fine (Item #3104)